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426 W. Sherman, Boise

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As mid-century dwellings are becoming more popular, the tri-level home--with its trio of half floors that define living and private areas--is earning a following for providing a good amount of square footage in a moderately sized package.

Mid-century lines are often asymmetrical. This handsomely renovated house starts with a low-angled asymmetrical roofline and a freshly landscaped bi-level front yard. The covered walkway out front is punctuated with a screen of decorative concrete block in an open lattice pattern.

Stylish interior updates were made with an eye toward the era in which the 47-year-old dwelling was built.

Inside the front door, the living room's new bamboo flooring is naturally spotlighted by sunshine streaming in through the south-facing front window. The living room flows into the renovated kitchen, where stainless steel appliances and brushed-metal countertops complement new hardwood cabinetry bearing a nutmeg tint. The kitchen's cozy dinette opens to a covered and enclosed back patio, which is private enough for the new residents to perform morning jumping jacks stark naked without the neighbors ever knowing.

The top floor contains two bedrooms and a nicely appointed full bathroom. The master suite, a spacious laundry room and a huge storage cellar are located on the bottom level.

Pros: Handsomely renovated tri-level provides mid-century charm in a moderately sized package.

Cons: Concrete walkway replaces back lawn.

Open House: Saturday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.